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Cobra Kai and Karate Kid

Yesterday I watched the final few episodes of Cobra Kai and boy did the last episode of season two turn into a war zone in the school. I am not sure I’ve ever seen anything else like it.

The character development really draws you in from the start. Johnny who was the bad guy in the first film is really the main character here. You are drawn in and you really do feel for the guy. His problems feel real, but his bad luck comes and goes with some good luck and more bad luck.

As the show went on you get drawn in and feel more involved, there are very few programs on TV which have this. Game of Thrones had you and this does as well.

Another aspect of Cobra Kai is the Romeo and Juliet story, with two different characters falling in love with each other from rival families. And if you watch carefully, there are three different RoJ stories in the show.

Now because of watching that, today I’ve just watched Karate Kid, 1, 2 and 3 on Amazon Prime and realised I’ve actually never seen the third one. I enjoyed the films but on each one I felt there could of been more of a solid ending.

If you’re a fan of the original films and have Netflix I highly recommend watching the show.

Take a knee?

Since the American quarter back took a knee in protest, this symbol has spread around the would as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.

I never truly understood why people want to follow this pattern. As in old English and the time of shivery, one takes a knee to show respect, take an honour and to serve. Before royalty one takes a knee to receive an honour such as a knighthood.

To receive in honour.  To serve.

So why are we changing an age old custom to suit a new modern interpretation? The Cambridge English dictionary have added this action, this summary to their dictionary.

Have we changed that much that we are willing to throw out the old meanings? Has modern vocabulary now change? I don’t know about how others interpret this, I am certainly not keen to see such action. I still see, to bow before, or take a knee and interpret that towards “to serve” even it’s with honour.

We want to break the bonds of servitude, treat others how you want to be treated by others. I find the movement for Black Lives Matter hypocritical, as I believe that all lives matter. And I am against taking a knee, we should all stand together as equals and bend to no man.

Batwoman is boring me!

I’ve been watching the new TV series of Batwoman. I have enjoyed Arrow and the Flash shows, didn’t like Supergirl that much and some of the others.. Well they were not working for me.

I was up to episode ten of season one, but now I’ve decided to give up. It pains me to say it, but I am finding the show really boring. There is only one nemesis for Batwoman, the same old premises of saving Gotham from evil. It’s a dry feeling, the character development, well, not much of a back story really.

In Arrow, the main character of Oliver Queen, there were several dimensions, the darkness, impact of loss, anger. With Batwoman, there is… Batwoman, then Kate Kane with her sweet smile. You see her love interests, a little bit of something else. With Batman there was always mystery. With Batwoman, there is none! This is a gimmicky like cold toast.

The one floor with Arrow was the poor sound quality of the show. Sadly with Batwoman is not only the poor sound quality but the calm of the whole thing. It’s feels action-less, the stupid aspect of applying social media trying to squeeze a picture, all those extra’s trying to take that photo with a mobile phone! Trying to be modern and up to date, everything is too clean, even the dirty places are clean.

I didn’t even mind that she was gay, that didn’t freak me out, but for me there is no good story here, and I am giving up.

Please don’t waste medical masks outside.

I’ve been going for a 5km walk nearly every day since the epidemic. It’s a wide out door space, unpolluted with oxygen producing trees. So why use or waste a mask in this environment. You shouldn’t need to or waste a mask, the traditional medical mask is designed for closed, sterile spaces and to be disposed of once used. Then you have other people without a mask who will pass you, bring up their hands to cover their face away from you. This is also wrong. When walking past someone it should be simple, close your mouth and exhale through your nose until at a safe distance to breathe again. It really shouldn’t be hard to master that practice.

Predator: Hunting Grounds demo review.

This weekend I’ve played a good bit of Predator: Hunting Grounds, it’s a good bit of fun however the game seems to wear thin rather quickly.

It’s an interesting concept on multiplayer where it’s either four against one or one against four! A well oiled machine of four marines can easily take down the Predator however a skilled player who has learned how the Predator operates can easily kill the squad of marines.

If you play as one of the marines you have different ways to complete the mission. The first being is the generic mission where you have to infiltrate a drug lords camp, eliminate him or collect intel. There seems to be a few different variations on these missions a marine can do. The second element, which is harder to manage is to kill the Predator, the mission will end there with a successful kill.

If you choose to play with the Predator character I strongly recommend you run the tutorial first. There you will learn the basic fundamentals and controls on how to operate the character. From running through trees, how to hunt with its heat vision to straight up dissembling the enemy.

That’s pretty much it, there is no variation for the Predator. Other than that gameplay, like many other games, you can level up, get access to new gear and equipment to help in your hunting quest.

I am not sure if this game will appeal to everyone, it feels limited in it’s scope and my gut is telling me the user-base will dry up quickly after release.

I actually did a livestream for over an hour with zero people watching! But you can view it on YouTube to see how the game operates.

Here is the trailer of the game released via IGN on YouTube.

Handel House & Hendrix flat

George Frideric Handel who was born in German moved and worked in London. You can visit his house at 25 Brook Street, Mayfair. Handel gained fame in the 16th century as being recognised as one of the best musicians of the day.

Although interesting, to me there seems a thinness about the house where Handel lived. The lack of furniture maybe, information around the venue. There were three girls playing music in one room and that was certainly interesting to listen too. I believe there is much room for improvement and as they plan to purchase the rest of the house and fully restore the house it sounds like a place to visit in the future.

I did find Hendrix flat far more interesting, hearing how he use to shop in John Lewis round the corner, there was so much more I could relate to here. Reading how he would order steak, chips, drink Mateus rose wine, now that’s food I could go for myself. There is a lot of his music I love to listen too. I also never realised how much classical music he listened too and had in his collection. I will have to listen to his music again to see if I can hear any influence there. Seeing his bedroom, which was helped put back to how it originally looked like with the help of his old girlfriend.

It was worth a visit just for that.

 

Joker film review

DC Comics have decided to go down a different route again and compared to anything done before, Joker was surprisingly grounded.

The film is set in the 1980s era, there is the slight sunniness of Gotham city, which slowly darkens and the subway scenes give the grimness a different colour. During the course of the film you do see the city changing from some level of peace to utter dystopia.

We follow Arthur Fleck (Joker) played by Joaquin Phoenix who already seemed mad, descend in on himself in a psychotic way. He wants to be a stand-up comedian and gets his chance. His actions not only make a fool of him but puts his life in danger. We fellow Arthur back at his home were his mother is not in the best of health. Home live revolves around the TV where the pair watch a popular talk show hosted by Murray Franklin (played by De Niro) who is some what of a hero to Arthur and later gets a chance to meet him.

The slow but well-paced structure of the film works well with the background music. However I never quite felt the intensity grow too out of control. There are aspects that are thrown out there, what I would call Easter-eggs and homage to Tim Burton’s original 1989 Batman movie.

I did enjoy the film, if I said anymore I would be giving it away. I am not sure if action junkies will like this. But I am going to give a score of 4 out of 5.

Mobile gaming obsession and addiction

When Nokia first introduce Snake on their mobile phones, lots of people got hooked. As phones got smarter, the games evolve, people habits, have they changed?

I was just playing a little bit of a game called Star Trek Fleet Command started to talk to someone on there in a private message about game addiction. What amazes me is how much people are now invested in a slightly more complex game.

Five years ago a game came out called Star Wars Commander, this follows the same formula as other games like Clash of Clans. You build, create an army, attack other players and defend your base. There is a way to boost yourself forward in the game. All you have to do is spend real life money to acquire those packs to boost your standing.

This is real world money on a small video game on a mobile. It might seem innocent at first to say, spend £5 here for a pack, some players spend £10 a month for a pack. I asked one person, how many people spend money, they took a guess at 1 in 3 to 4 people will spend something.

Then you have the top end players, by the time I decided to quit player Star Wars Commander I knew a good number of usernames spending £1200 a month to stay at the top. That’s £24,000 a year, that’s more than what a lot of people work towards just to feed their family, pay the bills and survive. Not to mention the time needed to play these games, the biggest killer is time. Once you start playing in your free time, it will easily overlap into work time. Family time! Will you be at the dinner table with your family, out in a restaurant and try and sneak in that extra bit of game at the dinner table?

So I eventually quite Star Wars Commander and moved over to Star Wars Heroes, this was a different type of game, but in the end it had those “packs” you can buy, a ranking system, clans. And like the previous game, those players that wanted to stay on top, spending their money, building that gap between the rich and the poor! I didn’t hear it so much there, but I knew a few people that had spent a few £100 on the game. But it was all time consuming again.

I managed to quite gaming on my mobile for at least six months. But by Christmas 2018 I had a bit more free time and this time a new game had come out, Star Trek Fleet Command.

To start with, this felt different, you had missions to do, galaxies to explore, by the time I got into the game a bit more, I found out about the clans, but here they called it “Alliances”! After a while you get to a certain point where in order to progress you need certain materials, where you need to mine on these rocks.

When you realised in order to progress you need to do a lot of mining to get the materials to build all the upgrades… I got up to a point where I managed to quite the game for a whole month. But I ended up returning to what I call Star Trek Farmville!

The same flavour is here also, the top players I have spoken to, had my base raided by them, had a mining node, (floating rock in space!) taken off me by these players. They too are spending a lot of money, one player a woman from Germany has spent over £17,000 on the game just to be on top of everyone else, others have spent a few thousand, one member of the alliance I am in is spending £100 a month on the game.

Like life, there seems to be a balance of the wealthy people, those that spend the money on top, the elite of this social society, then you have those that are time rich, these are the players in the middle, then you have those that don’t spend any money in the game and are time poor.

But if you turn this on its head, those who are time poor and don’t spend the money on a mobile game have the most to gain from real life. They are the people we should all be emulating.

Getting to go out and socialise with people face to face instead of this digital construct that has appeared in our hands over the last ten years. This new world gaming culture has diminished wallets, our time and is taking what we hold dear. And these companies that make these games, they are the digital vampires bleeding us dry. It’s time for people to make a stand against their weaknesses and turn those into their strengths.